|The most rewarding and frustrating experience on Twitter has to be the concept of “Follow Friday.” It’s conflicting for me. When I get a “#FF” with 20 others crammed into a single tweet I get a feeling akin to heartburn from a Taco Bell Chalupa. But I’ll admit I get a warm, non-alcoholic buzz when I get a tweet like this:||Many Under Construction|
I’ve grappled many times on how to handle my desire to play this Twitter social game, truly acknowledge those that others would benefit from following without getting sucked in to the interminable vortex of responding to 200 #FF tweets with a thanks, lest I be thought an unmannered stormy petrel. I started to do individualized #FF’s which people LOVED, but became a burden since it took quite a few minutes for each one and is unsustainable.
So I now have come upon THIS solution. I will maintain a #FF page on my blog of those people who have meant something to me on Twitter and while I may update it from time to time, it can be referenced not only on Friday – but every day of the week! And also I can go past 140 characters if I want!! But here it is. Evidence that America is in much better shape than we might think:
My Close Twitter Buds
@prfekrdumbrella – The proprietor of Perfection Under a Red Umbrella is indeed the perfection of red state logic, wit and wisdom. She shines in seeing perspectives you might normally miss but if you’re a liberal, dishonest or foolish – SPF 1 Billion won’t help you.
@ImmacCon Very few people are wise in the ways of the world, the Kingdom forces that influence it. or the ability to explain either. Joe is not only a great Twitter friend, he is one of those rare people that doesn’t clutter your timeline with needless or vain banter. But when he speaks it is profound. A great follow and follower.
@Ericatwitts – THE Patriotic Nurse and stunning example of the strong, giving tradition of America past and future. Think Florence Nightingale/Mother Theresa/Grace Kelly/Besty Ross all in one (if it doesn’t explode your brain) and you’ll be about 1/1000th of the way to understanding how great she is.
@SaintRPh – The creator of the irreverent, funny, insulting and hilarious Mortlock Revolt illustrated commentary has got to be the edgiest conservative on Twitter. He speaketh truth and spear-eth the sharks of hypocrisy, tyranny and idiocy. And he’s an LSU fan so he’s got that going for him.
@TORARADICAL – The Renaissance Man of the Right Wing who holds movie discussions, great convo and somehow finds time to perform quick, accurate and deadly insightful blogs at Under Construction.
@KamaainaInOC – Amazing, level headed patriot who has been a wonderful friend in proofing my blogs for idiocy (which occurs frequently). ‘Cuz when you are an expert on sanity, intelligence and what TRUE patriotism is, your just gifted like that. And my Mark Steyn dealer pushing me mp3’s for a quick conservative high!
@Mtgrove – The Pennsylvania Patriot who asked liberal pablum and converted to conservatism. Rock solid, salt of the earth who I suspect has a second job as a superhero.
@WiselyCracking – Dude has a gift of making me smile and chiming into my timeline at the most opportune moments. Common sense conservative, sports and someday he will give up that terrible vice of rooting for the Atlanta Braves and became a child of God by following the Cubs. But even then, he’s more than worthy of great twintteraction.
@Ewoelke – Were it not for the ewoelk, I might have given up on Twitter when I first began. (So everyone who hates me? Blame him.) Smart, extremely helpful and and insightful with the exception of his taste of sports allegiances (Detroit). Oh well. At least he gave us Rip Hamilton.
@KRMullins1964 – Intensely smart and able to leap tall concepts of Constitutional rebuilding in a single expound, the “Mullins” is magnificent. Truly a guy able to see the forest but also figure out the microbiotic relationships that make it all work, I swear you get smarter just by following him.
@JoAnRisdon – This lady designs art, graphics, websites, marketing campaigns for a living. (And she’s good too.) But on Twitter she only uses 3 colors, RED, WHITE AND BLUE. Strong woman of God who makes Joan of Arc look like Joan Rivers, she is a MUST follow just to hope some of the Godly anointing spills over onto you!
Our #TWITFB1 Football Group
- @WenB71 – A real life “There’s Something About Mary” who is equally fantastically feminine and NFL football fanatic. Blogging at “Shut Up It’s My Turn,” you will never lack fun, wit, sarcasm and (sometimes) sweetness all from the right.
@Bpepoydensmore – An exceptionally gifted writer, communicator and world changer who defines many ways we want our world to be. She wouldn’t admit to this of course cuz she’s too humble. But perhaps suffering with Cleveland sports her whole life gives her that perspective that not everything in life is easy, and when the good stuff comes, we need to appreciate it. Just like we do her.
@ADIOCHAIN – Amazing sense of humor and insight, Jason’s AVI says it all: the knight in not-so-shining armor. Who has time to polish chain mail, when you are tearing up liberals and their hypocrisy like phantom orcs in Mordor? The best thing about Jason? He lives life to the full and let’s you take a little peak at what you’re missing.
@michaelparks11 – My fellow Texan follower is the exterminator of pests real and political. Fun dude with quick wit and great sports insight except for Tebow. (Don’t bring that up! hehe) Our group wouldn’t be the same without him!
- @Scubdog – By far one of the coolest chicks on Twitter. Fun, sarcastic and sweet all at once. Anyone who likes Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Nicklaus can’t be all bad, even if she is a CheeseHead.
@sippigrrrl – I’ll be honest. I don’t know Kari real well. Someone let her into the football group and I never really TwitterBonded with her. But she is a Tiger (LSU) fan, she reeks of conservatism and she is quite enjoyable to play with on our football Sundays. Grow fonder and fonder with her every week! We think we’ll keep her. :)
- @GaltsGirl – Michelle is ‘da bomb. Zany and wildly wonderful, you don’t venture into GaltsGirl’s world without your “A” game. And let’s face it, what guy when you first read Atlas Shrugged didn’t wish she was yours?
- @Rachelveronica – Rachel was also one of the first Twittinteractions I experienced as Twitnoob and was thrilled when she joined #twitfb1. Besides her curious and becoming hat fetishes, she is one of those great well rounded conservative Tweeters who don’t bore you with one dimensional political talk 24/7 but IS the spice of life.
- @GenericRepub – CERTAINLY not least is my fav friend follower who has NOTHNG generic about him. USDA Prime Lean red meat conservative with a cautions eye and quick insight. Funny and contemporary with his blogging perspectives, you would think a guy who was beating Obama for the 2012 election would me much less accessible. My only complaint is that Barack Obama has more follows. FIX IT!
@GlockLady – This wonderful patriot is such an encouragement to the conservative cause and me personally. Smart and insightful, and very witty. She is severely underfollowed so PLEASE rectify immediately!
@SharplyRight – My fellow Tebow-lovin’, conservative a quick draw on basically EVERYTHING. Friendly, funny and fulgent, Craig is a great Twitter friend and peer to keep your sword….sharplyRight.
@tahDeetz I love me some Deetz! Dude has it going on like on like a Maserati Spyder on the salt flats. Have not once seen him get fooled by false logic or a pretty pundit. A “true north” conservative with great insights, wit and wisdom.
@KLSouth – I love smart guys who don’t make you feel like an idiot when you talk to them. KL is a kind of a benevolent king of cleverness, cogitation and conservative cogency. Also he’s someone that “gets” capitalism, but also the HOW and WHY of it. His royal decrees can be found here.
@STXherry – Sherry is pure awesomeness, soaked in smarts and packaged in passion about conservative politics. She is EFFECTIVELY energetic and enlivens every Twitter exchange. Another one of those that makes Twitter better. (They should pay her. Really.)
@Merreee1 There’s something about Mary. You would think someone who thinks math is fun…isn’t. A lover of America, sports and music she keeps Twitter interesting will NEVER bore you. Enigma’s abound in Mary’s case but no so more than how someone so sharp can still be an OU fan! Must be like Kryptonite to Superwoman. FOLLOW HER!
@indigenous01 This guy is simply amazing. He took the vow to serve our country seriously entering the Navy (were my dad served) and just won’t - doesn’t - stop. We should all aspire to the level of grace, dignity, patriotism and submission to the Almighty this warrior exhibits. What a joy he is to have in my timeline an honor to be included in his.
@K_P_Brown I can’t tell you how much I respect this man as a twitter friend, father and conservative voice. Another Tebow-lovin’ Bronco fan, who cares deeply not just about how we govern our country, but the cultural environment we are leaving to our children. I owe this man a lot as one of my Twitter taproots. Oh yeah. He is also friggin’ hilarious.
@Kevinbsnyder KBS is all over it. Not just the news. But every conceivable angle covering it. A fearless freedom fighter for the unborn, and what a REAL compassionate conservative should be. And that is? Principled. And he bears a striking resemblance to Ronald Reagan. Just look at his avi!
@Jenevalynne You know I’ve got a lot of love for fellow Cubs/Bears fans but Jenevalynne is special. She reminds me of George Bailey’s wife in It’s A Wonderful Life. The secret that holds it all together and is always juggling sniffling noses while saving the world. A warm, wonderful warrior-ess for Kingdom and country.
@Plaidypus07 Tamara is a joyful patriot with a a razor sharp mind and wit, slicing and dicing liberal (and some Republican) fools like a sharp samurai sword through a Michelle Obama-forbidden fried Snickers bar. Playful, perceptive, with rabid reason against ridiculous rhetoric, she will keep you jumping and push you to be a better believing American.
@Carissa_ND – This sweet soul is a singing, sports-loving conservative with skill to stir up sweets. Always a friendly word mixing up the political, the personal, the poignant and the playful. But that lawyerly logic makes her tweets grounded and weighty without being teachy or preachy. I will share her with you if you promise to treat her nice.
@littlebytesnews – If it not for disobeying the “truth in advertising laws” this terrific Tweeter would have no faults. Her news, blogs, tweets and comment are anything BUT “little” serving a substantive 12 course meal that is completely nutritionally balanced for the conservative mind and soul. She will always give you something to think about whether you agree with or not, and become hopeless addicted to her to timeline.
@SmoosieQ – She can bring home the bacon, fry it up in pan, subpoena the butcher and dissect the latest Democrat pork on her blog while finishing a triathlon all before you even make it Starbucks. Whitney Houston is changing the title of her hit Bodyguard song to “I’m every woman named SmoosieQ.” Seriously great Twitter friend with great social media skillz.
@eavesdropann – It is a fact that if Eavesdropann had been in charge of the first Boston Tea Party the Revolutionary War would have been over by lunch the next morning. Serious patriot persistently seeking conservative truth and a pleasure to see every day she tweets.
@tamale102280 – Yeah, make all the “hot tamale” jokes you want but this Princess of Punditry gives even the most stouthearted liberal slimeball indigestion with healthy doses of wit, wisdom and a stonewall of resolve to see America great again. But the rest of us know her as goofy, graceful and a Godsend to our monotonous Twitter lives.
@VRWCTexan – Take John Wayne, Billy Graham, Ronald Reagan and Sam Houston and you’d get a sliver of how great Tom T. is to those of us who follow him. No crap, Texas sized brain with a heart to match it is pure entertainment to watch him eviscerate liberal trolls who make the mistake of messing with Texas Tom T.
@dphaw – HomeyDontPlay should be his twitmo handle cuz dphaw brings it quick with a kung foo kick if there is an ounce of ANYTHING that would threaten our country. He has a great perspective honed in a family that LIVED under communism and all of it’s evils and is willing to get deep if you want. Great patriot and solider of my Twitter fortune.
@OneFineJay – A multi-talented dude that not only makes websites but writes content (especially on his) of a conservative bent. He’s helped me from time to time from “stepping in it” and cares about this country. As a unique perspective, respectful and crazy all at the same time. OFJ!
@pamelalibrarian – There are fascinating women and then there are FASCINATING women. (She’s the latter.) A competitive triathlete librarian educator that is prolific in writing? Hey Pamela, leave some talent for the rest of us will ya? :) Great Twitter bud whose tweets ALWAYS bring a smile.
@JoeNYLaw – My natural aversion to lawyers isn’t so much a judgment on their morality as it is a jealousy of my lack of that skilled mentality. A great encourager to me and a great eclectic timeline of politics, sports, law and things Italiano.
@kf4yfa This is one gifted Christian soldier. Lovin’ God, country and life, he’s always quick with a kind word, crystallized wisdom or uncanny wit. Check out his sermons if you dare. It’ll expand your sprit, soul and bounty.
@stacyhyatt – Need to know news of the moment? Stacy is a one-woman news network digging insightful stories, videos and calls to action 24/7. And if she knows you’re tracking a specific topic? She goes out of her way to RT things for your noggin. Wonderful Follow and Follwer.
@Retbilpat – Pearl Sandybanks of Texas is a heaven-bound, hardworking hobbit of heroic habits. She is a fellow intercessor and advocate for Jerusalem where our Lord will forever reign and a fierce defender of our great country. Her bilingual gifts are in “Kick” and “Butt.” Wonderful Patriot and Friend.
@CharletFaye1 – International author of children’s stories and fervent fellow patriot. Non-stop diligence in seeking, tweeting truth, justice and the American woman – a superwoman the lib left had better heed. Great follow and follower with very sharp mind and insight.
@ginthegin – A WONDERFUL new Twitter friend of late who is addicting. Friendly and warm, witty and wacky she just makes you feel good about the country, twitter and yourself. A HIGH recommendation for this rambunctious redhead of reason!
@Malvenue – One of my best TwitterBuds with sharp wit, wicked good insight and a terror to American traitors. Always prodding and promoting a great conversationalist making you sharper with ever tweet. But with 4 kids, you’d HAVE to develop those skills or be buried!
@sohali2012 – This is one energized Patriot! My twitter friend S.H. is ever keeping it real, rapid and rational. Sohali2012 loves them some Palin (and who shouldn’t) but is all America first and foremost with great wit seasoned with a bit of sarcasm. Able to spot hypocrisy farther than than a military sniper rifle, with deadly accuracy to stop it dead. And all while doing it from lions den of New York. Great Follow.
@brady_cremeens Like all Cub fans, Cremeens is the cream of the conservative crop of principled pundits. He blogs from time to time and when he does, it’ll blow you away like Stallone special effect. Deep and devoutly all American, Brady is a common sense guy with great insight and sardonic wit. Frankly, if you don’t follow him you’ve lost at Twitter but I’d bet he’d pray for you anyway. (Go Cubs Go!)
@defensegirl35 I’ve got mad Twitter love for this mother of 3 kids and 3 cats all while defending our country with her military hubby. Quick witted and powerfully insightful, her Tweets and blog will blow you away with her humor and intellectual skill. I predict this patriot will have a radio, tv or media outlet of some type because talent will always make a place for you. And she’s got it. In spades.
@whiteshot Dan is the Man. Brilliant tweeter that somehow keeps it light while being “deep.” He’s a leader Hobbit with love for the animals as well as a transparent devotion to conservative republican democracy. Smart and always spot on, Dan is a delight in my timeline and he should be in yours.
@galwayten Sheila C is just plain wondrous. Skewering the left AND hypocritical right, she always brings it back to the Man above, and does it in an amazingly funny way. Pernicious to the pathetic pundits, she proudly promotes principled Patriot politics with grace. I don’t follow “eggs” but I make an exception for her. She makes my Twitter better.
@Tacami222 Peg brings a smile to me every time I see her. This is the kind of American that deals with the dregs of society (not just on Twitter) but keeps a GREAT attitude showing us all how to LIVE victoriously. She is a joy and honestly, I’d quit Twitter if she blocked me. (Seriously.)
SAMMIESMILES8 This is one of those patriots that somehow gives you hope in the middle of the degradation we see in politics and our culture. A WIDE variety of tweets, consistently on conservative point while still making time for the funny and irreverent. Deeply devoted to our country and changing it for the better, SS8 will do the same to your timeline and YOU!
@TexasAgape - In case you don’t know the greek word “AGAPE” means selfless sacrificial love. No other name could describe this Kingdom loving patriot doing it Texas style. One of the greatest things about strong Texan women like Linda, they will shoot you without hesitation if you trespass on decency and still pray for your soul. TRUE defender of freedom and Lover of God.
@ORlibertygal – As I was writing this I was SHOCKED to find out that Twitter had unfollowed this wonderful woman of God and country from me and I’m contemplating a lawsuit. I KNEW something was off from my timeline and now that she is restored, it is just possible I might single handedly be able to expel the Marxist Communist in Chief from the White House. (She is THAT powerful.) Small “d” republican democracy defender dynamo, her tweets can be sweet, acerbic, and profound all in one tweet. (She’s got it going on like that.) But NEVER dull. A must, must follow.
@ShawnLivingLife – THIS guy is my long lost brother. Terrific man of God, patriot and exploding wisdom and love in Twitter as he does is real life. This guy is a powerhouse of piety and politics and just has an amazing way of making you feel important by hanging around him.
@Trisha22522 – The Tidalwave of Twitter tenderness and good taste, Patricia is a pretty patriot of unusually good Twinteraction. A kinder soul you will not find but that sweetness belies a fierce American loyalty and love. A true timeline treasure but we quit hugging me!! (Mean, ornery, tough birds from Chicago don’t like hugs. Or at least to acknowledge we like hugs.)
@AprylMarie – This bombshell is one of those who doesn’t just talk the talk, but walks it better than Giselle on the Reagan Revolution runway. She reminds me of the deceptive fierceness of the Melody Griffith character in SHINING THROUGH, operating in the dark recesses of Washington not just complaining about the problems of this country – but actually DOING something to fix them. A Patriots patriot.
The BEST Bloggers – UNDER CONSTRUCTION
@Irishspy – Phineas is precisely like a good Irish Whiskey, is strong in character, seriously smooth and easy to imbibe. His spirit, finesse, strength and charm can excite to action or anesthetize disappointment depending on the need. A more well rounded and well read Tweeter might not exist. Certainly not with his humor and quick wit. An Irish blessing to all patriots bar none. Join the Irishspy tavern.
@Sistertoldjah – The more stunning and cunning compatriot of @IrishSpy, provides Southern charm to her revolutionary intent to retake this country for freedom. Her tweets and posts are as effective as Martha Bratton and empowering as Hannah Arnett. And every bit the same spirit of these founding heroines of the first revolution. She’s also silly, funny and wonderfully witty which makes her all the more dangerous and obviously why she is a top conservative influence in our cause.
@DanRiehl – This guy has been accused of leading with bazooka instead of a probe. (And what’s wrong with that?) Someone I model my blog after, Dan Riehl keeps it ever real and doesn’t bother taking names. It would be dangerous if he wasn’t thorough, diligent and grounded in fact and comprehensive balance – but HE IS! Amazingly talented and targeted warrior for conservative thought and defender of our freedom.
@jimmiebjr – To me Jimmy Bise is the John McClain of the conservative world wide web. Salty tweets, a savory news/analysis site and a sensational talk show host, Seabiscuit has nothing on this triple crown threat to liberal illusions. His take on any topic is always different from conventional conservative claptrap and he has turned out to be somewhat of a prognosticator on political predictions. A REAL common sense guy and true patriot who is unendingly cheerful and resolute. Yipee-kayee-brother-blogger!
@CanadaFreePress - Judi McLeod runs an amazing blog that could just as easily be categorized under “News Sources” although it is more of an very conservative opinion reservoir. I frankly see very little about Canada and it is nearly all devoted to the greatness of America, Christian conservative values. I fundamentally disagree with many of their bloggers but also appreciate the true concern for free market capital values. Judi has been referenced by Rush Limbaugh and provides valuable insight for the conservative free marketplace of ideas. A PolitiJim staple subscription.
My Essential Daily Addictions (I seriously can’t live with out these every day)
@jtLOL – a Jim Dandy, @DailyCaller daily dollup of delightful political drugging (puppy uppers, not donkey downers), this guy has more sardonic wit and wisdom every morning in his DCMorning column than Ann Coulter conjures up during a decade of Democrat administration. And is far more insightful, inventive and truly conservative. Take the best of Leno, Buckley, Jr., and Dennis Miller, imagine producing that level of punditry EVERY morning and you get an idea of the genius of Jim Treacher. And I’m not backing off of this whether he keeps blocking me on Twitter or not! :)
@EWErickson – A lot of people won’t understand how I can write a piece called Screw you, Erick Erickson and then praise him as a PolitiJim Twitter / Blogging essential. Cuz he’s damn good on MOST conservative issues. With RedState’s Morning Briefing, he may be blind on some things but has 20/100 vision on economic, immigration, Obamanations and state race issues like no other. I still believe he’ll come around on his (bad) biases, but in the meantime I’m still a big fan.
@Maggiesnotebook – Just the right amount of NEW insight and news that doesn’t always hit Drudge or the conventional sites. In fact, it is so comprehensive, I didn’t even realize that I had become addicted to the Maggie Daily email until I was editing this list and to include her as one of the the three PolitiJim essential daily blogs. Great Christian underpinnings with common sense that doesn’t become biased to anything but truth. Maggie is a must follow.@MarkAmerica – Mark is quite amazing. I don’t know if there is a more consistently idea-cultivating Tea Party-writing troubadour in the conservative blogosphere. A principled conservative who is one of only 2 blogs I follow set on “immediate notification” rather than waiting for a daily compilation. He has reasonable Palinista-tinged glasses, predominately of constitutional coloring and principle. A PolitiJim favorite.
@Rumpfshaker – Consistently cresting with common sense and creative ways of deconstructing current political events, Sunshine State Sarah has just enough “political insider” insight to understand what is REALLY going on, not just in Florida but on the national scene. Clearly unwilling to sell out to mere popularity, she is refreshingly blunt, witty and comprehensive in topics and individual issue insight. An essential blog for every conservative who cares for our country.
@MelissaTweets – Melissa tweets, Melissa blogs and rips fools just like one would expect of a Texas tornado. Dr. M is down to earth but detects patterns and deceptions in media and political issues in a fun way. I respect her enormously since she doesn’t back away from those who (courteously) challenger her perspective but is fiercely devoted to principle and patriotism. Quintessential tough love that will tickle you while performing reconstructive surgery on your hypocrisy and hubris you probably didn’t know you had. A must subscribe.
Atlasshrugs – pamelageller
The Ulstermann Report
velvethammer - http://ironicsurrealism.com/
Sunshine State Sarah
Smalltalkwitht - http://smalltalkwitht.wordpress.com/
Big Whigs – COMING SOON
@KurtSchlichter – I know. When you hear “Los Angeles” and “Lawyer” you would think something completely different from the insightful, acerbic, conservative who is the very definition of #caring. (You have to follow him to know what that means.) Tremendous blogger for Breitbart’s Big Hollywood, you simply won’t find better Twitter commentary that will not only make you belly laugh, but probe your own biases. Honestly, #caring has become such standard conservative Twitter nomenclature that if you don’t follow, you are like the Amish trying to understand a “Animal House” reference. Or you’re an idiot. And that is just #caring.
Great Timelines – UNDER CONSTRUCTION
MSchumacher Mark Schumacher
These are the times that try men's souls...Thomas Paine
@gds44 GDS44 Libertarian. Fiscal Conservative! Hobbit, terrorist, infidel, barbarian, SOB
GilesMcK – Not just a “straight shooter” but the Truth Marksman. What you need to know: Abortion=murder. High taxes suck. Conservative=freedom. Morals are good. Lib=socialism=sucks
ThisGirlisRight RR in a shirt. Blog http://www.thisgirlisright.wordpress.com
Blueberrier0341 Josh - United States Marine/2003 Iraq Vet (Civilian now)/Sports fan and Libertarian/Conservative.Political Correctness Crucifier.Anti-Lefty
beulahgg Beulah Garrett
Cagora Founding Member-A conservative great-grandmother to many-still working at some proofreading & editing when needed.:) 3-29-1931
charles_norris Charlie Norris - Conservative, libertarian American. Husband, father and small businessman.
FUNNY – COMING SOON
NEWS SOURCES – COMING SOON